Office of Human Resources

Tentative agreement reached with nurses union (08/09/08)

NB 1285

Sept. 8, 2008

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A tentative collective agreement has been reached with the New Brunswick Nurses Union, Human Resources Minister Wally Stiles announced today. The union's membership includes about 5,500 hospital registered nurses, public health nurses and community health nurses.

"We have reached a tentative agreement after six months of discussions with union representatives," said Stiles. "New Brunswick's health-care system serves our residents well, and I am pleased that we have reached this stage in negotiations with nurses, who play such a vital role in that system."

The employer will not release details of the tentative agreement pending the results of a ratification vote by the union, which will take place in the next few weeks. The present collective agreement expired on Dec. 31, 2007.

"One of the key initiatives in our self-sufficiency plan is to build stronger working relationships with New Brunswick unions, and today's announcement is evidence of our commitment," said Stiles.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Ketcheson, communications, Office of Human Resources, 506-444-5816.

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